York City youngster Ben Godfrey will sign for Premier League side Norwich City this afternoon in a deal which could eventually top £1 million should the midfielder make the grade at Carrow Road, according to York Press.

It is understood that Norwich City will pay a fee believed to be in the region of £200,000 for the York City youth academy graduate’s services but the deal will also include a number of clause’s which could see the League 2 club receive over £1 million should Godfrey go on to have a successful career at the top level of English football.

The 17-year-old midfielder was handed his York City debut at the start of the current season after impressing former Manager Russ Wilcox with his displays for the club in pre season.

Godfrey is a tough tackling holding midfielder with a keen eye for goal and has gone on to make 15 appearances for The Minstermen this season, scoring his first professional goal in the 2-1 home defeat to Plymouth Argyle in mid November.

Godfrey had previously been offered an improved new deal at Bootham Crescent but it is understood that he has declined the offer and has now travelled to Norfolk to sign a professional deal with The Canaries. The midfielder is contracted to York City until this summer.

The midfielder’s early season promise has attracted attention from higher division clubs. League 1 club Barnsley were thought to have been interested in signing the player in November whilst West Bromwich Albion, Hull City and Cardiff City have also been said to have watched the player in recent weeks.

The Canaries have an excellent record of developing raw young talent and the club won the FA Youth Cup in 2013, beating Chelsea 4-2 on aggregate in the Final to lift the famous trophy.

Norwich City have previously made three transfer offers to York City for Godfrey’s services which were all declined however a fourth offer has now met the club’s expectations.


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